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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ARCHIBALD A. PURDY, farmer, post office Clinton, was born on his farm in Findlay township in August, 1838, a son of Andrew and Anna (Leiper) Purdy, latter of whom was born in Beaver county, Pa., a daughter of James and Anna Leiper. Andrew Purdy was born in Lancaster county, Pa., and was a son of James and Mary (Farmer) Purdy, who came to Robinson township, Allegheny county, in 1807, and in 1814 to Findlay township. James Purdy was born in Ireland, and immigrated to Lancaster county, where he married. He was in the war of 1812, and died about 1822. Andrew Purdy and wife were members of the Seceders’ Church, of which he was an elder. They had a family of five sons and four daughters, viz.: Rev. James L. (deceased), Mary A., John, Agnes (widow of James Wilson), William, Andrew, Jane (wife of Alexander Eaton), Margaret (wife of Robert Andrews, M. D.) and Archibald A. The last named married, Dec. 31, 1867, Ella A. Withrow, who was born at Frankfort Springs, Beaver county, Pa., a daughter of Joseph and Phoebe (Floyd) Withrow. Mr. and Mrs. Purdy are members of the U. P. Church at Clinton, of which Mr. Purdy is an elder. He and his wife have seven children: Kate M., Anna L., Linnie J., Jessie A., Herbert B. K., Lella A. and Andrew Franklin. In August, 1862, Mr. Purdy enlisted in Co. K, 139th P.V. I.; was in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, St. Mary’s Heights, the Wilderness and Petersburg; was with Sheridan in the Shenandoah valley, and afterward at the closing battles of Petersburg and Richmond; was in the forts in the defense of Washington, D. C., and at Gettysburg. He owns a fine farm of 188 acres, and ranks among the leading citizens.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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